It has occurred to me that Jimmy and I may not be thinking along the same plane or are even on the same planet. We rarely do are should our Quest be any different?
“The List” of requirements for the perfect place to live, which we had agreed on, has been thrown out as being ridiculously unattainable so now we’re drifting aimlessly, mentally and geographically. We each speak longingly of our nirvanas but these potential home bases may be more pie in the sky than pie on our plate and his is probably apple and mine is pear.
When I say Let’s live in California he says I don’t think we can afford it. When he says Let’s live in Florida I say I don’t know if you can stand it. And that’s the end of the discussion. If you can call that a discussion.
As we’re not the best at communicating, at least in any constructive way, it seems appropriate at this point to put into writing our options. Perhaps the unspeakable possibilities will spur us into taking action about settling down. These are our realistic and unrealistic prospects:
- Do nothing. We are fed, clothed, warm, mostly dry and have beds, in fact have everything we need all in the one small room.
- Move into an apartment once again with a view to buying a house at some point.
- Move into a single wide and keep the travel trailer for a means to escape bad weather.
- Spend a little time with family in Washington State and Florida then tow back to California to look seriously at different areas, cost of living and apartments.
- Research cost of living in California thoroughly online before wasting a few months realizing we can’t afford to live in Malibu.
- Pack up our meager collection of furniture and belongings stored in the U.S. into a U-Haul and travel in tandem back to Florida where we know we can find a nice apartment and the cost of living is affordable but we don’t know if our 50°N latitude bodies are ready for 25°N latitude heat and bugs.
- Keep traveling in our shoebox and looking for an unconditionally perfect place to live.
- Return to the UK.
- Live in France.
- Check out Hawaii.
- Sink our house fund into a new big shiny RV and new car. DO NOT TELL HIMSELF I EVEN SAID THAT.
- Give up all our worldly goods and join a religious commune.
There. That should focus our minds. There are some pretty scary prospects there.
Even more worrying is that it is only No. 12 that we would both find completely alarming.
I’ll get back to you when we’ve had a proper grown up discussion about it.